Season opener brings smiles to Wolfville Tritons swimmers
In sport, as in life, we often measure achievement by milestones.
During the first competition of the season, two Tritons swimmers passed an important milestone in each of their races.
Eleise Groeneveld, 13, broke the three-minute mark on her 200-metre breaststroke with a 2.59.35, taking 4.84 seconds off her previous time and placing her third in that event overall.
Ava Vial, 16, achieved a time of 59.53 for her 100m freestyle, making it the first time she has broken the one-minute mark and getting a resounding applause from the spectators.
This meet, held at the Dalplex in Halifax, was the first competition of the season and with many of the swimmers still competing in school sport, there was no high expectation of performances.
That said, the swimmers are always expected to do their best when they attend meets but when
training is minimal, no one could be expected to produce the performances we got, said head coach Moira Milward.
“We had 19 swimmers attend this meet, showing that our numbers are increasing and results show that the swimmers are some of the best in the province,” she said.
“As the season progresses and the other sports end their season, we can expect greater
things going from what we saw at this first meet. Swimming does require many hours of training
to produce results, and the excitement that was seen at our first meet suggests that this season
could be our best ever. I look forward to seeing what our swimmers can do.”
Wolfville Tritons have five swimmers nominated for the province’s ‘Next-Gen’ program, a program that recognizes up and coming swimmers and supports them with leadership and some financial assistance.
The next meet will be at Acadia in November, so home pool advantage will be in the swimmers’ favour.